Monday, August 11, 2014

SAVE THE DATE: "Call Me Kuchu" Screening and Discussion - September 12

Friday, September 12, 2014
6:30 p.m. 

Broadway United Methodist Church 
3338 N. Broadway, Chicago

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Sponsors: Gay Liberation Network and others TBA

In many parts of the world it is increasingly dangerous to be LGBT.

Vicious new anti-gay laws have passed in Uganda, Nigeria, Russia and India, provoking violence in each country. While the Ugandan law has recently been tossed on a technicality, it could come back at any time, and nearby countries are copying it. The laws fan the flames of existing social prejudice, making LGBT life ever more frightening.

U.S. evangelicals have gone on tours of Jamaica, Uganda, and Russia promoting these anti-gay laws, helping spur violence, and yet their passports have not been pulled by the State Department.

Meanwhile, President Obama and Bush before him have made it more difficult for LGBTs and others fleeing violence and discrimination abroad to seek refuge in the U.S. In April, President Obama became the "deporter-in-chief" — deporting 2 million people — the president who has deported more people than any other in U.S. history.

Please join us for a film and discussion exploring the effects of anti-gay agitation in Uganda, and the resulting murder of that country's leading LGBT rights activist, David Kato:

"Call Me Kuchu" -- an official selection for the Berlin film festival. "Kuchus" is a Ugandan term for LGBTs.

"Inspiring" --New York Times
"Heart Wrenching" --LA Weekly
"Impassioned" --Entertainment Weekly
"Excellent" --NPR

A fundraiser for Chicago LGBT Asylum Project (CLASP). Free will offering -- no one turned away for lack of funds.

About Call Me Kuchu:

David Kato, Uganda’s first openly gay man, is one of the few who dare to publicly protest state-sanctioned homophobia. Working with an idiosyncratic clan of fellow activists, David fights Uganda’s government and tabloids in the courts, on television, and at the United Nations. Because, he insists, “if we keep on hiding, they will say we’re not here.” With unprecedented access, CALL ME KUCHU depicts the last year in the life of a courageous, quick-witted and steadfast man whose wisdom and achievements were not fully recognized until after his death, and whose memory has inspired a new generation of human rights advocates. (More at )

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